Mad Max: Fury Road named best film of the year by international critics

This year, at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, Australia action blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road will be awarded the very prestigious Grand Prix of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), meaning that a panel of 493 of the world’s top critics have named it the best film of the year.

In a statement following the news, film Director George Miller stated, “you could have knocked me over with a feather! It’s lovely to have this great cohort of critics acknowledge our collective labours in this way”.

The film will receive a special screening at the San Sebastian Film Festival, which runs until September 26th and has long been considered one of the most important film festivals in the world, evolving from it’s initial purpose of exclusively honouring Spanish language films. Notable moments for the festival include the world premiere of Alfred Hitchcock classic North by Northwest in 1959 and Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda in 2004.

Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron — the fourth film in the apocalyptic adventure franchise shot in the Australian outback — will receive a special screening at the festival, the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world, which runs until September 26.

The 2014 winner of the FIPRESCI award was Boyhood, the ambitious life-tracking project by Richard Linklater.

To read the review of Mad Max: Fury Road click HERE


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Chris Singh

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